Faculty Research and Grants

FACULTY RESEARCH AND GRANTS
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EASTON SUPPORTS RESEARCH THROUGH FACULTY AND PH.D. STUDENT GRANTS IN INTERDISCIPLINARY AREAS WITH A FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT
Professor Nico Voigtländer and Alvaro Garcia, a Ph.D. student in the Global Economics and Management area, discovered efficiency gains resulting from plant export entry. Featured in the prestigious The NBER Digest, Voigtländer and Garcia analyze efficiency gains from export entry applying a marginal costbased measure of productivity, which is not affected by the price bias. The findings indicated that efficiency gains are substantial, in the range of 15 percent to 25 percent. In the past, studies have not been able to show such gains because they used a revenuebased productivity measure, which is price sensitive. Because more productive plants tend to charge lower prices, revenuebased productivity measures are downward biased
Professor Christiane Barz On September 2011 in Zurich, Professor Christiane Barz presented a paper on “Hierarchical Multi-skill Resource Assignment in the Telecommunication Industry” in collaboration with Professor Rainer Kolisch, from TUM School of Management, Germany. The research was motivated by a planning problem faced by a large telecommunication provider in Germany. In this research, Professors Barz and Kolisch focused on a special case of allocating hierarchical multiskilled technicians to incoming installation requests such that the average cost resulting from customer waiting and rejection of requests is minimized. This research was summarized in a paper that was accepted for publication in Production and Operations Management Professor Reza Ahmadi and Wei Zhang, a Ph.D. student, studied aspects of posted prices and bargaining in high-tech supply chain. The study focused on helping suppliers to optimally decide their posted price, which is a very difficult and crucial decision to gain customers and competitive advantage. The ETLP also supported Professor Ahmadi’s project with Professor Foad Irvani, Foster School of Business, and Professor Sriram Dasu, University of Southern California, on pricing power play in gray market. The exhaustive research led to the development of a Stackelberg game model to assess the role of sales—a little effort goes a long way in boosting revenues for manufacturers.
2012-13 PH.D. STUDENTS RESEARCH AND GRANTS

The ETLP supported the following four Ph.D. students this summer:

WEI ZHANG is working with Professors Ahmadi and Dasu (University of Southern California) to investigate the relationship between procurement quantity and procurement price in supply chain bargaining.
SANDEEP RATH is working with Professor Kumar on “Planning models for HIV Screening, Testing and Care at the Veterans Health Administration.”
APARUPA DAS GUPTA is working with Professor Karmarkar on a research project titled “The Design of Experiential Services with Acclimation and Memory Decay: Optimal Sequence and Duration.” Their paper was nominated for the following two awards at INFORMS:
  • » Best working paper award in the INFORMS Behavioral Operations Management Section.
  • » Best student paper award in INFORMS Service Science Section.

PAUL REBEIZ is currently working with Professor Ahmadi on a research paper that pertains to the electricity market and the contracts that utility companies offer to their industrial and residential customers to regulate their electricity consumption.
“I feel that my learnings and relationships made through the Easton program have helped clarify my vision of what I want to do and how I should transition into the next major chapter in my life.”

ETHAN CHEUNG (EMBA ’13)
Professor Mariko Sakakibara 2014-15 Faculty Grant recipients included Professors Mariko Sakakibara, Uday Karmarkar, Marvin Lieberman and Reza Ahmadi